Friday, July 11, 2008

AIM Myth Busters Joe and John Trimbach Appear on Montana Television Program "Native View with Jenna Spotted Wolf"

UPDATE/PRESS RELEASE: American Indian Movement (AIM) Myth Busters Appear on Montana Television

Retired FBI agent Joe Trimbach (shown above in his official FBI photo), the author of American Indian Mafia, says that the AIM militant Leonard Crow Dog is worried that the remains of people "disappeared" by the American Indian Movement (AIM) during the 1973 occupation of Wounded Knee might be discovered buried in the ruins of the village. Mr. Trimbach observes:

"In one of his more lucid moments, AIM's...spiritual advisor, Leonard Crow Dog, warned that at least seven spirits haunt the village ruins. He urged a land purchase of the area in order to prevent a gastly discovery. To illustrate, Crow Dog drew lines in the sand while explaining to this Indian, "There's a Mexican, an Italian, a black man, three white women..." Could these be the forgotten souls AIM leaders do not want people to know about? Was it feared their departure might compromise internal security, should they decide to cooperate with authorities once safely inside a hospital recovery room?...With the possible exception of [the black man] Ray Robinson, the deaths remain mysteries (American Indian Mafia p. 323. The book is availible in hard-copy or as a searchable e-book).

News from Indian Country, edited by Paul DeMain, tells what is known about the disappearance of Perry Ray Robinson:

Perry Ray Robinson Jr., was a civil rights activist who worked with Martin Luther King, Jesse Jackson and Andrew Young in the the south during the 1960's. Robinson went to Wounded Knee in 1973 to support the American Indian Movement, was seen inside during the occupation, but was never heard from again after April 25, 1973 after a confrontation with AIM Security guards Carter Camp, David Hill and Leonard Crow Dog inside the village.

The Lakota journalist Tim Giago explains:

The mainstream media made heroes of the occupiers of Wounded Knee. They became legends in their own minds. Even today there is still talk among the Lakota people of Pine Ridge that some terrible things took place within the AIM camp at Wounded Knee. There were rumors of other murders within the confines of the encampment. There was talk of the rape of young white and Indian women at the camp. One Lakota elder, fluent in the Lakota language, said during the occupation, "All they do is smoke dope and make the women take their pants down." There is a strong suspicion among some Pine Ridge residents that there are other bodies buried in secret graves at Wounded Knee including the body of an African American man named Perry Ray Robinson who apparently entered the camp at Wounded Knee in 1973 and has not be seen or heard from since.

The following information is a very slight adaptation of a 7-10-08 press release about a recent visit to Montana by the former FBI agent Joseph H. Trimbach and his son John M. Trimbach. This information is also posted on the blog of White Wolf Media Productions, which also has a picture of the Trimbachs, Native View host Jenna Spotted Wolf, Shawn White Wolf, and the Lt.Governor of Montana, John Bohlinger:

Joseph and John Trimbach, the AIM Myth Busters, appeared June 30, 2008 on the television show, Native View with Jenna Spotted Wolf. Jenna's show is being broadcast throughout Montana daily.

The Trimbachs talked about their book, American Indian Mafia, An FBI Agent’s True Story About Wounded Knee, Leonard Peltier, and the American Indian Movement (AIM). Much of the discussion focused on the upcoming trial of John Graham, the alleged triggerman in the 1975 murder of Anna Mae Pictou Aquash. Graham will go on trial October 6 of this year. The Supreme Court of Canada has stated that AIM leaders ordered Aquash’s execution-style murder because they believed her to be an FBI informant. Joe Trimbach explained that Aquash was never an informant.

The show focused on the murder of [Perry] Ray Robinson, a civil rights activist under Martin Luther King. Robinson, the only black male seen in Wounded Knee village during the 1973 occupation, was allegedly shot in the leg during an argument. His body is believed to be buried near the village ruins. The Trimbachs emphasized the need for justice in the Aquash and Robinson murders.

Also discussed was the falsified history of Pine Ridge and the manufactured persona of convicted killer Leonard Peltier. The Trimbachs offered as examples of doctored history Peter Matthiessen’s book, In the Spirit of Crazy Horse, and Robert Redford’s documentary, “Incident at Oglala,” both of which attempt to exonerate Peltier.

Trimbach’s first-person account is the long-awaited correction to the historical record of the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. American Indian Mafia blows away prevailing myths about the American Indian Movement of the 1970s and offers present-day solutions to Indian Country’s most pressing issues. Earlier this year, the Trimbachs delivered an address at the Kellogg Center at Michigan State University. They are available for interviews, presentations, and seminars.

The Trimbachs are available as speakers and can be contacted here:

AIM Myth Busters web site
More Information AIM Myth Busters Blog
Book Title : American Indian Mafia


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